Written By Las Vegas based Law Clerk: Robert Maxey (Las Vegas, Nevada)
When I was little, I was taught that sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. While comforting as a child, this is sometimes not the case as a Las Vegas adult living, in a vibrant and sometimes ugly, world of communication. Words have amazing power and can change the course of someone’s life. However, this power is not found in the word, but rather from the person who is communicating the message. The message that is being transmitted when we communicate with words is filled with our thoughts and emotions. It is a child’s folly to believe that what people think about us does not matter.
For better and for worse, we are subject to people’s opinions. They can carry us through tough times or push us directly into them. It is for these reasons that jokes, snide remarks, and harassment can have a real impact at the work place. However, sexual harassment may have a greater impact, being that it is often harassment regarding a sensitive nature. When executives in charge participate in sexual harassment, the damage can be much worse.
A sexual harassment case has been settled in favor of Londi Lindell for $1,000,000. Lindell worked as the Mercer Island Deputy City Manager for several years. In her legal claims, she alleged that City Manager Rich Conrad fired her because of her objection to how he conducted a disciplinary matter. Further, she claims that several employees of the city participated in inappropriate behavior and jokes regarding human anatomy.
Lindell’s case was settled with the city’s insurer. Under the settlement agreement, Lindell work records will say that she resigned from office, she will receive a letter of recommendation, and the city will pay a job search firm to find a new job for her. Lindell says the reason she sued, was because of the careers of those who had to work within the conditions at the city.
While the parties worked out a solution in this particular case of sexual harassment, it has not alleviated the problem. Sexual harassment is a form of actual pain that causes actual suffering. When people are forced to work within these conditions, they are being forced into a form of torture. Sexual Harassment is actually a form of sex discrimination (see What’s Wrong With Sexual Harassment?). Preventing sexual harassment is not just a good thing to do, it is the right thing to do.
A full article can be found here: Former Mercer Island official settles harassment suit for $1M
Our law firm does not represent anybody in the incident described above. The commentary is for educational and commentary purposes only. If you or someone you know has been the victim of harassment or feel there are illegal practices occurring at your work and would like to be represented by a Nevada attorney, contact our office for a free confidential case review and receive a response within hours. Call Toll Free 866-414-0400.